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Education Reimagined: A Space for Risk

by Ira David Socol, Cheryl Ann (Walchack) Harris and John Michael Thornton Rowman and Littlefield
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Taking risks is how humans learn. It is how humans have always learned. A person sees a problem, takes in the available information, and tries a solution. It is in that process - whether the goal is understanding a Shakespeare play, figuring out an algorithm, or writing a theory of history - that engaged learners make breakthroughs, be those breakthroughs individual, group, or societal.    


In this book, three experienced practitioners describe how to re-imagine teaching spaces - conventional schools - as learning spaces, spaces where risk is encouraged, celebrated, and actually taught in every area of endeavor: from how, where, or if to sit, to how to find the right pathway to learning. In bringing the stories of a central office Innovation director together with an elementary teacher and administrator and a veteran secondary teacher leader, Education Reimagined: A Space for Risk demonstrates how fundamental change is possible in any school

Chapter 1: A Risk Worth Taking
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Chapter 3: Creating a Learning Space
Chapter 4: Teacher Autonomy
Chapter 5: Growth Mindset
Chapter 6: Creating a Vision
Chapter 7: Sharing a Vision so that is Becomes a Shared Vision
Chapter 8: Changing a Learning Space
Chapter 9: Financial Awareness
Chapter 10: Administrator Autonomy
Chapter 11: Decision Making: Choice and Comfort
Chapter 12: The Learning Space and Student Autonomy in the Classroom
Chapter 13: Different Vision of Risk: Differentiation and Individualism in the Classroom
Chapter 14: Elementary School Learning Spaces
Chapter 15: Middle School Learning Spaces
Chapter 16: High School Learning Spaces
About the Authors

As a Principal on a campus currently under the school improvement umbrella, I found this work to be timely and necessary. Through the gradual release of responsibility as is demonstrated through the strategies shared in the book, my teachers will be sending students home tired instead of themselves! The purposeful redundancy of the content helps support the sense of urgency one must possess to be successful in today's ever changing classrooms. Every teacher on my campus will be reading this book. Success, here we come!
Ira David Socol is the Director of Educational Technology and Innovation for Albemarle County Schools, one of America's most innovative public school systems. He has a deep research base in the history of education, technology for all, and learning space design.


Cheryl Walchack Harris, an innovative and compassionate educator for thirty-five years, currently with the Albemarle County School Division, located in Charlottesville, VA, received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at Clarion University, Pennsylvania, and her Masters of Education Degree from the University of Virginia in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum.


Michael Thornton, an educator in Albemarle County with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Masters of Education, has been teaching for 12 years.